Access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human need. The latest data (2015) from the World Health Organisation states that at least 10% of the world’s population is thought to consume food irrigated by wastewater: polluted water can lead to many serious diseases and it’s shocking to know that around 842,000 people in low/middle income countries die a year due to poor water sanitation. A number of innovative clean water technologies are picking up the pace though aiming to introduce new and sustainable ways of filtering dirty water.
Human dignity is incredibly important too, yet we know that 2.3 billion people don’t have a decent toilet: those with easy access to bathroom facilities may take it for granted, but a toilet is seen as a luxury for those without.
Shelter is another basic human need, and yet homelessness continues to be a worldwide problem. It’s difficult to estimate the global number of homeless people, but the UN’s last consensus in 2005 estimated that 100 million people were homeless worldwide. Factors such as unemployment, poverty and lack of affordable housing are the main causes of people finding themselves homeless, and so we need to tackle these elements first to get to the root of the problem. New government pledges, for example the UK, have recently announced a £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.
Here’s some of our latest projects, actions and news from across our network under our shelter and sanitation field of action. We bring together corporations, philanthropists, investors and engaged citizens to co-create new solutions through engaging projects, collective actions and showcasing inspiring and thought – provoking initiatives for change.